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SPACE Laboratory

 

Structure, Pointing, and Control Engineering

The SPACE Laboratory  sponsored by NASA was established at CSULA in 1994. Major research activities involve the design, fabrication, and assembly of a testbed resembling the complex dynamic behavior of a space segmented reflector telescope. Several advanced technologies for decentralization, pointing, and shape control are developed and are experimentally validated on the SPACE testbed. 

 

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Helen-Ryaciotaki Boussalis

Faculty Advisor:

 

Prof. Khosrow Rad

 

STEER Research Activities:

 

Activity 1: Development of an Interface

                 Device for the SPACE

                 Test bed

Participants participate in the design of an interface device between the controllers and the SPACE test bed. This activity enhances the participants' knowledge in the areas of modeling, system design, and software programming. Software packages such as MATLAB and PSpice are utilized to facilitate the system design. The knowledge gained from this activity assists the participants in the development and modification of existing science courses offered at their institutions.

Activity 2: Control System Design

Participants participate in the design of decentralized controllers that achieve shape control and precision pointing of the SPACE testbed. State-of-the-art software packages such as MATLAB and SIMULINK are utilized to facilitate the design. The knowledge gained from this activity assists the participants in the development and modification of existing science courses offered at their institutions.

Workshops:      

MATLAB tutorials

SIMULINK tutorials

 

Participating Teachers:  

Ms. Evelyn Torres-Rangel, Ms. Kimberly South, Mr. Harry Smith, Mr. George Marti, and Mr. Don Wielenga

 

Student Assistants:  
Alex Khoshafian, Salvador Fallorina, Tabassum Ahmed, Shannel Coleman, and Bhawna Dua